The “60s and “70s were a time in American history when pseudoscientific cults like Scientology flourished. Of course, there were many other small cults that flared up and died out without many people taking notice.
When they dissolved, these cults usually didn”t leave much behind except for their followers. Last year, however, Redditor GOAT322 came across what he believed to be evidence of a cult. It was an old slide show that he thought was used as a recruitment presentation.
A shot of some creepy-looking mannequins.
Seriously, what”s going on with all of these mannequins?
This creepy guy has a starring role in the rest of the presentation.
GOAT322 believes that this man might be Alexander Lowen. Lowen was a doctor and psychotherapist who founded the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis in New York City.
The rest of the slides feature Lowen working with his followers.
Commenters believe that what”s happening here is some sort of therapeutic practice to release emotional traumas.
If that”s true, then it would be very similar to the process in Scientology of “going clear.”
I don”t understand all of the choking, though…
Where did the tennis racket come from?
Why is everyone in their underwear?
GOAT322 says that, in total, there are 200 slides in this presentation.
It certainly looks like she is working through her demons.
At least there are hugs at the end of everything.
Whatever your opinion is on these slides, it”s clear that the people here are experiencing something very real. Here”s to hoping that they benefitted from what this organization was doing…even if it looks very strange.
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